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5 Windows 10 privacy settings you need to change now to have a secure experience

I will like to start by asking you this simple question. How will you feel when you get to realize that someone or something has been stock piling your confidential information without your knowledge and awareness? Okay, let me suggest some answers to you: you will feel defenseless and exposed.

It is not the wish of Premiumstech for you to be defenseless and exposed, and that's why I am giving you the 5 must change windows 10 privacy settings.

What is privacy settings?
Windows 10 privacy
You must have been seeing privacy settings on almost all the social networking website, internet browser, piece of software for both computers and mobile devices, and yet don't actually know the function. Privacy settings is that section in the above listed platforms that gives you the power as a User to control who sees information about you.

If you don't change your privacy settings to a state where your profile and Online activities are secured, cookies that have been installed by websites you visit will be keeping tabs on your movements Online.


Some cookies are Good while some are bad. Those that are beneficial like cookies that remember your login names are termed Good, while those that compose a profile details of your personal information and sell that information to advertisers and other companies are termed Bad Cookies.

Windows 10 is the remodification of windows 8, it has enhanced security and manageability more than the later. To enjoy your Windows 10 experience with no monitoring and information sell out, these settings needs to be implemented.

They are -

√ Turn off your location

Sometimes windows 10 or third party Apps will require you to toggle your location on, but your location shouldn't be "pushed On" for at most 24 hours because, it will allow windows 10 to store your device's location history and also allow apps with location permission to access that data without your consent. To turn off, go to Settings > Privacy >location.

√ Lock down your lock screen

If you don't know this, it's possible to lock down your lock screen, and this means hiding every necessary information you don't want an outsider to see on your lock screen. They include signing email, password hints, etcetera. To lock down your lock screen also means to make your notifications not to pop up on the lock screen and to achieve this, go to Settings > System > Notifications & actions and turn off Show notifications on the lock screen.

√ Don't let the Cortana know you

Most people like it when the Microsoft artificial intelligence, Cortana give a reply to a certain question and the User will feel like "I have arrived" or "I am the boss of my own computer". But I want you to note this - whatever the Cortana knows, the windows 10 knows it and also the Microsoft has gotten hold of your data according to Microsoft's privacy statement.

It's not a bad idea for Cortana to know you but have it in mind that information about you has been stored by someone or something. Not everyone would like that, and if you don't like it and would want to disable it, stop Cortana from getting to know you. If you stop Cortana from getting to know you, you will not be able to use voice dictation to interact with Cortana, and all personal data in the custody of Cortana will be cleared.


To stop Cortana from getting to know you and also clear already stored information about you, go to Settings > Privacy > Speech, inking & typing. See under Getting to know you, click Turn off speech services and typing suggestions.

√ Turn off syncing

Syncing saves you the time of entering your password on every login of the same Microsoft account with different devices. This virtually means that your password, settings are transferred from one device to another with or without your knowledge.

 If you stop syncing, your password and settings will not be transferred from one device to another with your Microsoft account, this implies that upon every login, you will have to manually enter your password.

Windows 10 does two types of syncing namely: settings syncing and notification syncing.
To stop settings syncing, go to Settings > Accounts > Sync your settings. You can either select setting syncing at once, or you can toggle off individual sync settings.

To stop or disable notification syncing,  open Cortana > go to Settings > Send notifications between devices. 

√ Turn off your advertising ID

Assuming you just signed up for a Microsoft account today, there is an advertising ID attached to that account. This attached advertising ID helps the Microsoft corporation to collect information about you and deliver a personalized ad experience across different platforms.
Any platform you signed into, the personalized ad experience will be visible there.

Turning this feature off on Windows 10 will prevent personalized ads from popping up in your computer, but that doesn't mean you won't see personalized ads when you're using your Microsoft account on other platforms. To stop ads from showing on other platforms, such as in browsers, head to Microsoft's advertising opt-out page.

If you don't want personalized ads to keep on showing on your Windows 10, go to Settings > Privacy > General and toggle off Let apps use advertising ID to make ads more interesting to you based on your app usage.

 Note, ads will pop up but they won't be targeted ads, this means that they won't appear personalized to your tastes and preferences.

Finally, if you feel uncomfortable about the information you have released so far to your Windows 10 and would like to know the amount of information they have about you, Which include your browsing and search history, visit Microsoft's privacy dashboard with your Microsoft account.

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